A Barcelona food blog
One of the highlights of 2010 for me was the autumn Mercat de Mercats. It returns this year which leaves me positively giddy at the prospect of another round of titbits, tastings and demonstrations.Information about the event in English is limited but a Catalan blog is giving regular updates about the forthcoming activities and a preview of the program is also available there. Following last year’s demonstration by the El Bulli chefs yet more Barcelona big hitters such as Carles Gaig and Mey Hofmann will take to the stage along with many other names I’ve yet to discover. The majority of the presentations will be in Catalan but the big screens mean those of us with the most basic or non-existent knowledge of the language can follow what’s going on.
The event covers 3 days and is well worth a visit, whether it’s just for a sample of the type of cooking on offer by some of Barcelona’s best restaurants, a taste of some of the fine produce the region cultivates and manufactures or to quaff a glass of fine wine or cava. My advice: if you want to see the stalls in detail go early to avoid the crush after lunch, take a notebook and carry a corkscrew.
Mercat de mercat, in front of the Catedral Santa Eulalia, 21st, 22nd and 23rd October 2011